Drug dealing mother is ordered to pay back cash she made from crime

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A MUM-of-five who started dealing drugs after she turned to cannabis to help with her bad back has been ordered to hand over some of the money she made.

Nicola Dromnes was injured when she fell from a horse in 1996 and started smoking cannabis shortly afterwards.

When police officers raided her home in Wimpole Street, Landport, Portsmouth, they found 30g of the class B drug – which was worth £280 – hidden in a safe.

They also discovered 9g of amphetamines, a drug dealing list, small bags for the drugs and a set of scales.

As previously reported in The News the 44-year-old was given an eight-month prison sentence – suspended for two years – when she was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court in August.

And she was put on a three-month curfew by the judge.

Yesterday, Dromnes was back before the judge for a court hearing to decide how much money she made out of crime.

Judge Richard Price heard Dromnes had made £3,400 from selling cannabis.

But because of her limited funds she was ordered to pay £815.

Dromnes had pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug with intent to supply and a second charge of possession of a class B drug.

At the time of her sentencing Tim Sparkes, defending, said she had started smoking cannabis and then began to supply it to friends.